Lowell Line - Winchester, Woburn, Wilmington Spottings

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Re: Lowell Line - Winchester, Woburn, Wilmington Spottings

Post by coopercat1 » Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:50 am

It's the old Solo cup factory. Use to be where all those red cups used in drinking games were made.

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Re: Lowell Line - Winchester, Woburn, Wilmington Spottings

Post by GP40MC1118 » Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:51 am

The new customer I think is NER Construction, right there off the mainline where that D&H boxcar was.

The spur off the mainline was/is known as Industrial Way. Last customer was Wilmington Cold Storage.
I forget which building was Crusader Paper.

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Re: Lowell Line - Winchester, Woburn, Wilmington Spottings

Post by Hux » Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:08 pm

Crusader occupied half of the building that now serves Crystal. I worked there in summer of ‘81. I didn’t operate a clamp truck so I never unloaded the spools of paperboard from the box cars. I don’t know why it was done, maybe so there was airflow on hot days, but the box car outer door was often open, I recall one occasion where the clamp truck operator managed to back out the open door with a roll in the clamp. Funny...but not.

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Re: Lowell Line - Winchester, Woburn, Wilmington Spottings

Post by newpylong » Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:26 am

They are supposed to have 6 spots just off the mainline on the main Industrial Ave spur.

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Re: Lowell Line - Winchester, Woburn, Wilmington Spottings

Post by bostontrainguy » Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:40 am

newpylong wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:26 am
They are supposed to have 6 spots just off the mainline on the main Industrial Ave spur.
The property doesn't look that big. I would think they are going to be greatly constrained by lack of physical space.

Incidentally, the state does plan to reconnect New Boston Street with a new bridge over the mainline just south of here.

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Re: Lowell Line - Winchester, Woburn, Wilmington Spottings

Post by l008com » Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:43 pm

bostontrainguy wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:40 am
Incidentally, the state does plan to reconnect New Boston Street with a new bridge over the mainline just south of here.
I read that on THIS forum back in 2006, and I never heard anything about it since them.
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Re: Lowell Line - Winchester, Woburn, Wilmington Spottings

Post by zski128 » Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:01 pm

Saw 503 with a long cut of box cars on the lead to Iron Horse around 7pm.

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Re: Lowell Line - Winchester, Woburn, Wilmington Spottings

Post by Hux » Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:31 pm

bostontrainguy wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:40 am
newpylong wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:26 am
They are supposed to have 6 spots just off the mainline on the main Industrial Ave spur.
The property doesn't look that big. I would think they are going to be greatly constrained by lack of physical space.

Incidentally, the state does plan to reconnect New Boston Street with a new bridge over the mainline just south of here.
Coming out of Landscape Express this morning I shot a look over towards "the bridge" and thought "a crossing at grade would be better but for the likely truck traffic." The more you look at the area the less sense it makes to build a bridge. That end of New Boston is narrow and is at grade and would require a lot of land for building approach ramps.

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Re: Lowell Line - Winchester, Woburn, Wilmington Spottings

Post by l008com » Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:44 pm

Its been what, 40 years since there was a bridge? Who is this bridge for? That said there are no grade crossings between west medford and xpedx in wilmington. I don't think they like adding them. Why add anything though. It will be a good spot to take pics, and I'm sure it's very confusing having two disjointed New Boston Road's. I dunno, seems weird.
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Re: Lowell Line - Winchester, Woburn, Wilmington Spottings

Post by FatNoah » Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:43 am

Who is this bridge for?
According to this:
https://www.ctps.org/data/calendar/pdfs ... andout.pdf

The bridge provides alternative, parallel routes for traffic going to either I-93 or I-95, better access to Anderson/Woburn, and can help relieve pressure during the eventual I-93/I-95 interchange construction.

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Re: Lowell Line - Winchester, Woburn, Wilmington Spottings

Post by newpylong » Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:35 pm

bostontrainguy wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:40 am
newpylong wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:26 am
They are supposed to have 6 spots just off the mainline on the main Industrial Ave spur.
The property doesn't look that big. I would think they are going to be greatly constrained by lack of physical space.

Incidentally, the state does plan to reconnect New Boston Street with a new bridge over the mainline just south of here.
You can fit about 8 cars between the foul point and Woburn Street - and their property abuts all of that space.

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Re: Lowell Line - Winchester, Woburn, Wilmington Spottings

Post by l008com » Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:59 pm

FatNoah wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:43 am
Who is this bridge for?
According to this:
https://www.ctps.org/data/calendar/pdfs ... andout.pdf

The bridge provides alternative, parallel routes for traffic going to either I-93 or I-95, better access to Anderson/Woburn, and can help relieve pressure during the eventual I-93/I-95 interchange construction.
Very interesting. It appears they aren't just restoring the bridge in place, they're reconfiguring the whole area. Which means no more unloading of transformers off that spur.
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Re: Lowell Line - Winchester, Woburn, Wilmington Spottings

Post by GP40MC1118 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:21 pm

That spur is the old New England Resin siding, now off No.4 Track at Anderson RTC (Wilbur Interlocking).
If NE Transrail gets to build on the old Olin site, they did plan on connecting to this track, providing access
to their property from both ends (the other being the spur at North Woburn Jct/the old cement plant).

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Re: Lowell Line - Winchester, Woburn, Wilmington Spottings

Post by l008com » Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:15 pm

Yes, the spur will still exist, but it will no longer be at ground level. It will be surrounded by embankments making it unusable for random large load unloading. It will still be there so they can still connect it to whatever they want to in the future.
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Re: Lowell Line - Winchester, Woburn, Wilmington Spottings

Post by zski128 » Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:46 am

There was a high but not so wide load of large steel plates (girders?) on a string of flat cars with a box car spacer parked at Anderson/Woburn this morning.

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